Some groups don’t need any help with getting their competitive energy flowing- they’re naturally that way! That was the case with our managers from Kroger, who arrived from the tri-state area of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama to participate in a Bike-a-Thon Charity Workshop.
Since we customize every workshop, this activities in this particular Bike-a-Thon targeted fun teambuilding and camaraderie rather than a straight emphasis on competition. We knew ahead of time these managers were highly competitive. On top of that, they hardly ever worked with each other so barriers were about as high as they could be!
Good thing Magnovo facilitators know how to break the ice and raise the energy levels. After a few light activities designed to relax the groups, the bicycle building could begin!
How 200 Managers Built 30 Bicycles
The Kroger group was divided into four 50-member groups, with one-hour breakout sessions. Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, TN turned out to be a wonderful setting for this arrangement.
Of course teams have to earn their bicycle parts before they can build them, and that’s done by accomplishing small tasks and solving fun puzzles. Facilitators kept it fun and engaging, in light of the highly competitive nature of these managers.
Since the groups had a great time and benefited from the team-building challenges presented to them during the activities, the workshop was considered a success. We wanted the managers to come together and build trust, and that’s what they did.
For that reason, we were overjoyed when representatives from the receiving charity told us beforehand they would be able to attend the final part of the workshop. In a heart-warming moment, kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Rutherford County came up on the elevated stage to receive all 30 bikes- sealing the deal that the Kroger event was a great success!